Vehicle Safety Ratings Work for Used Cars Too

Maintaining safety while driving on the nation's roadways is a prime priority for all drivers, and here at Holler Honda, we work hard at helping our customers and other drivers to do just that. One way of helping to ensure safety is to carefully inspect vehicles before purchase. These inspections may be physical and involve professional technicians giving vehicles examinations.

It can also involve the use of what are known as vehicle crash ratings. These are special reports compiled by government certified agencies that rate vehicles in terms of crash worthiness. Two main organizations that do this important work are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and both of these organizations put out comprehensive ratings reports.

NHTSA ratings rely on special proprietary trials that test vehicle performance during rolls, side impacts, and frontal impacts. The NHTSA presents its results in the form of specialized star ratings. Fewer stars mean that the vehicles in question perform less favorably during crash tests while higher star scores means that vehicles performed well or at least made the cut.

The IIHS performs a slightly larger battery of tests then its partner organization. After putting vehicles through a battery of at least five separate tests, this organization issues ratings that fall under four categories. These categories are Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. Much like NHTSA ratings, these scores are fairly self-explanatory. That said, IIHS scores are slightly less ambiguous then those of its partner service. Both services, however, do good jobs of predicting which vehicles stand up during automobile accidents.



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